Elvis Says ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ to Animals

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Elvis Presley has left the building—to help PETA’s hound dog “fox” and “rabbit” ask Nashville shoppers to leave animal skins off their holiday gift lists. 

One shopper who stopped to talk had to fight back tears—and not because she touched the King of Rock and Roll. She was appalled when the demonstrators explained how sheep used for wool have chunks of skin and flesh cut off their backsides with little to no pain relief.

There’s nothing “tender” about the way animals killed for fur are beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive or the way animals killed for leather have their throats cut and are skinned and dismembered, often while still conscious.

Even if you don’t live in Music City, you can still make your holiday shopping list music to animals’ ears by choosing gifts that are free of animal skins. And if you receive a dead animal’s skin as a present, you can gently “return to sender” and explain why. We think the King would approve.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind